Tuesday, January 26, 2010

DC20 Speech Check

Convicted murderer Kevin T. Singer has lost his bid to keep playing Dungeons & Dragons from his Wisconsin prison cell. In 2004, the prison banned all D&D playing because it promotes "gang activity". Which seems reasonable if you consider sitting around a bowl of stale, off-brand tortilla chips and bitching about a Beholder's armor class to be "gang activity". But Singer claimed a First Amendment right to keep D&D materials in his cell. Which also seems reasonable, since Singer has been known to express himself by reducing other people's HP to zero. The court, however, didn't buy it. He'll just have to switch to pre-first edition D&D. In other words, playing pretend. More details here. (And thanks to Brad for the link!)